Johnson’s Pair of Goals Lead Admirals to 13th Straight Win
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Tyler Johnson scored twice in a three-goal first period for the Norfolk Admirals (40-18-1-2) as they defeated the Adirondack Phantoms (28-28-2-1), 3-1, on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Norfolk has now won 13 straight games and is the first AHL team to 40 wins in 2011-12. The Admirals play the second game of their three-game road trip tomorrow night against the Connecticut Whale.
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 23 of 24 shots for his fifth consecutive victory. Alexandre Picard also scored for Norfolk while Richard Panik recorded two assists.
Norfolk charged out to a 3-0 lead after one period. Johnson opened scoring 8:54 into the game with his first goal of the game. Panik intercepted a pass along the right half wall in the Adirondack zone. He sent a pass to Johnson in the left circle, and Johnson one-timed the puck past the right leg of Phantoms goaltender Jason Bacashihua for his 21st goal of the season.
The Admirals’ lead doubled less than two minutes later on a power play. Ondrej Palat sent a feed from the left circle across the slot. Picard one-timed the puck from the edge of the right faceoff circle into the net for his fifth goal of the season and a 2-0 Norfolk lead at 10:31.
The lead grew to 3-0 with only 30 seconds remaining in the first period with a second Panik-to-Johnson connection. This time, Panik sent a feed from the right corner into the slot. Johnson one-timed the feed into the net for his second goal of the game and 22nd of the season.
The Phantoms cut Norfolk’s lead to 3-1 midway through the second period. Denis Hamel sent a shot from the right point through traffic and past Janus at 13:19 for a power play goal.
Adirondack out-shot Norfolk, 14-5, in the final frame, but was unable to solve Janus as Norfolk held on for the 3-1 victory.
Jaroslav Janus (13-8-2) made 23 saves on 24 shots for his fifth straight win. Jason Bacashihua (8-9-1) stopped 24 of 27 shots for the loss.
Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack was 1-for-3.
The Admirals continue their three-game road trip tomorrow night in Hartford against the Connecticut Whale. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday for a matchup against their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in another Admirals Value Night.
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1. Tyler Johnson – NOR
2. Richard Panik – NOR
3. Denis Hamel – ADK
NOTES … Norfolk's current 13-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the Syracuse Crunch won an AHL-record 18 straight regular season games from March 9 – October 17, 2008. During Syracuse’s streak, they won 15 games to end the 2007-08 regular season and three games to begin the 2008-09 season ... The longest AHL winning streak contained within a single season was accomplished by the Philadelphia Phantoms when they won 17 consecutive games from October 22 – November 27, 2004 … Norfolk's streak is only the fourth winning streak of 13 or more games in the American Hockey League since the Admirals joined the AHL in the 2000-01 season … Norfolk's last loss came on February 5 – a 4-2 defeat at Springfield by the Falcons … During their streak, the Admirals are averaging 3.92 goals scored and only 1.69 goals against per game … The last time Norfolk was in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point lead over the Hershey Bears … With 83 points (40-18-1-2), Norfolk has tied the best all-time record through 61 games in AHL Admirals history (2006-07, 39-17-4-1) … Tyler Johnson has points in five consecutive games (4g, 5a) … Johnson leads the Admirals in goals (7), assists (11), points (18) and plus/minus (+12, tied with Mike Kostka) during the 13-game winning streak … Mark Barberio’s five-game point streak (2g, 4a) ended … Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Eric Neilson each served the first games of their suspensions. Labrie will serve the final game of his suspension tomorrow night while Neilson’s suspension concludes after Sunday’s game … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Eric Neilson, Jonathon Kalinski.